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Formerly located on Los Angeles' iconic Melrose Avenue, chef Michael Voltaggio opened the highly acclaimed ink. in 2011. The restaurant was named “Best New Restaurant in America” by GQ in 2011 and earned a spot in the top 15 of the Los Angeles Times’ prestigious '101 Best Restaurants' list lead by esteemed food critic Jonathan Gold for four consecutive years. In Summer of 2017, ink. shuttered as Voltaggio, eager to expand and offer guests more variation of experience, focused on the now larger space which houses ink.well. Still the pinnacle of the LA dining scene, ink.well offers expanded bar seating and walk-in availability seven nights a week. Featuring modern California cuisine, ink.well features all the excitement and creativity Voltaggio has become known for; from Holstein beef steaks and beef tartare to gluten free pastas, satisfying vegetarian dishes, and for the first time at any of his restaurants, a burger which is worth the trip alone!
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–12:00 am
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
ink.well Ratings and Reviews
We went to ink on Melrose before and we loved everything we ordered, even desserts. For our daughter's birthday on Tuesday, we went to ink.well with her friend. It was truly disappointing! Nothing we ordered was good, either salty or tasteless. The grilled bread that was with smoked mozzarella was burnt. The dessert was so-so. I mentioned this to our server, and he apologized. We'll never go there again!
Was excited to try Ink. Overall it mostly lived up to expectations. Some of the dishes were really creative and excellent, some were creative and just OK. We each had salads, which were the lesser dishes in my opinion. The frisee salad was a little clunky and overloaded with the fried pigs ears - an OK idea but overdone and it all didn't quite work. The green goddess salad also was a clever idea that didn't quite work as well. The frozen dressing was OK but just added more of the same to the salad rather than adding another element or nuance to the flavors. On the up side, the dill shrimp with shrimp crackers was excellent and the tart flavors of the shrimp were well balanced by the texture and salt of the "crackers." The NY steak was excellent as it should have been. Overall we are glad we tried it and enjoyed Ink. Hoping future menus continue to evolve.
The location and space was larger and brighter than INK. However, the food was disappointing. Many of the dishes were bland and lacked flavor and i think the chef forgot to salt some of the dishes. On the flip side, the presentation was beautiful. Best dish - was the beets. The snow flake goat cheese was really good and the hint of horseradish was perfect. The Mexican Chocolate dessert was amazing. However, the Dan Dan noodles had no flavor at all. I think if you are going to call something Dan Dan Noodles, you should at least have some of the flavor profiles of Dan Dan noodles - peannutty with some spice. The octopus was cooked well, but the pasta that came with the dish was bland and had no flavor. Original INK was way better and we were expecting a better experience. For the price, there are many other better options in LA.
Not what I expected from a chef of this reputation. The food was very inventive, but missed the mark mostly on each dish, too salty, too cold, not enough texture, etc. have been to many top chef restaurants and would have loved more from the service staff, just leaving empty plates and trying to cram new ones when they hadn’t cleared the last two...for the cost, expected more
It was exactly what I thought it was and I can’t say I’m too happy about that. I love Voltaggio to the point of a literal man crush.
I felt it was curious when he closed both of his restaurants and moved about a mile over but didn’t change the original concept too much – knowing that they were struggling to be profitable towards the end, a.k.a. him sort of turning it into a steakhouse for a minute
I know that his “style” is very relevant to the “now” and chefs like that have to either keep reinventing themselves or their futuristic/modernist approach turns them in toa cliché themselves
For instance, Jose Andries and Ferrian Adria are the ones who can continuously keep it fresh. Maybe Grant Aschutz
But the point is these are all legendary guys that are going to go down in the all-time pantheon, and I’m not even saying that MV cannot end up like that
But I kind of compare him to having an Eminem period Right now and what I mean is that everybody knows what he is doing by this point, and be at as it may spectacular, when judged against one’s expectations of where MV “should be“ right now, it’s a near impossible standard and it’s going to be on him To execute whatever is “next” for him to prove that he belong to that echelon or was just a phenom
We had dined before at Ink and really enjoyed it. However, Ink.well is better. The dining area is more spacious. The food is on par even with the restaurant being much larger. The egg yolk gnocchi, Hangar steak tartar, crab, and black charcoal potatoes were very memorable standout small plates that should not be missed. The wagyu short ribs with your choice of seaweed or milk mashed potatoes was heaven. Salmon with seaweed pasta was delicious as was the chicken with risotto. One of our party had the burger which was juicy, rich, with great beef flavor. We had all of the desserts. Of course each was so delicious. Luckily we had a large group to divide and sample a good selection. Overall an outstanding experience.
YES I'm going to "dis" the food...today's "chefs" like to cook with "cheap" ingredients, do creative things to those ingredients and then charge a crazy price. This is what is happening at Ink Well. We paid over $100 for 3 small dishes of corn off the cob (50 cents per ear), egg yolk gnocchi ($1.00 for one egg), sauerkraut ($3 a jar) (with the Wagyu) and potatoes (75 cents per potato) (with the Wagyu). On top of that we were charged $4 for 2 extra "chips." Really!!! Cheap ingredients and sky high prices. The little piece of wagyu beef short rib was excellent -- but I don't see why it was called a short rib -- it's was pressed pastrami. Short ribs are narrow cut of beef containing the ends of the ribs near the breastbone.
Simply superlative doesn't really capture the creativity of Michael Voltaggio.
Every dish we ordered was a fresh look on that dish. Every bite was something new and wonderful that we had never had before. And the ambiance is lovely. A great soundtrack which you can enjoy while still having conversations. Terrific service. Everyone knowledgeable and approachable. And a shout out to the bar. My Gin shaken certainly shook my world. Can't wait to go back.
Somewhat delayed in getting a table for our 9pm reservation. Then ushered to table in overly bright side room which felt very disconnected from the vibe of the restaurant. We asked to be moved. Seated at an oversized somewhat awkward table near the bar. Once our server paid attention to us, our wonderful and memorable meal was underway. Great menu. Great food.
Very pricey but worth the experience.
Being that it was our first visit to ink.well, we asked our waiter for some recommendations. He told us that every item on the menu is good and that we should pick a couple of dishes from each category to share. As it turns out, every single dishes we ordered was superb!
Voltaggio is a genius. The food is just as good as it was at Ink., though the portions have increased but the prices have not. The service has actually improved, though it was good at the old place. My only complaint is that it is a lot noisier and the metal chairs are a little uncomfortable.
I’ve been a fan of Michael Voltaggio since his days at the Langham. I’ve been to the old ink several times and I even made it to Ink.well on opening night.
Unfortunately this last time I went the food was just okay. Nothing stood out. I wish they had kept some of the wonderful dishes from opening night (a tomato dish and a hamachi dish were standouts).
On top of that the lighting was way too low and the music much too loud. This was yet another change from opening night, where the ambiance was so much more pleasant.
And lastly, the cost of the meal was quite high especially for dishes that were not exceptional at all.
Ink was one of my favorite restaurants and my friend and I were incredibly excited to check out Ink.Well. The food is still excellent, but the service has taken a severe dive. The server was not attentive, was offensive when we paid the bill, and service no longer feels like you’re at a unique/special restaurant. There are no more “chef suggests you eat this dish by....” suggestions. Additionally, when we sent back the overly covered in horseradish beets dish, no one gave us new plates and silverware so ate more dishes with horseradish all over our plates and forks.
The service seemed completely disorganized and amateur. The topic of conversation of your dinner should not be on the terrible service, but rather, on the amazing food.
Gnocchi with egg yolks was outstanding. The rest of the food was so-so -- in the cheese/tomato dish, cheese was dry and tasteless. (If you are trying to copy the Catalan pan amb tomate, forget the cheese. Burger with cheese glob -- loved the beef bacon but we each left part of the burger on our plates, not tasty. Shrimp had little taste (common problem with shrimp) and the rice crackers were cute but no addition to the taste. Chef needs to re-think, esp. at these prices. Thanks.
My husband and I had dinner at Inkwell recently to celebrate his Birthday. We have eaten at Ink a few times and have always been so impressed and excited about the meals and experiences there; however, our recent experience left much to be desired. Our server started off great, but then failed to speak to us again after she took our order. She never asked how our food was or if we wanted another drink. (We did, but were never given the opportunity to order one!) The other staff was great, but as they were not our server we didn't feel like we could express the fact that our food also left much to be desired. We had ordered the delicious charcoal potatoes on a previous visit to Ink, and decided to have them again... they didn't have much flavor and could not even be compared to the ones we had before. At one point we had 4 dishes on our table and felt overwhelmed that they came all at once instead of in a thoughtful progression as usual. Overall, the food and experience were mediocre and we were so disappointed. Additionally, I expressed all of this in an e-mail to the restaurant and never received a response. I'm so bummed that one of our favorite restaurants was such a huge let down on this occasion. Unfortunately, it is not a place we would recommend at this point, or even revisit.
Have been dreaming of eating here since it opened, finally got my chance on a recent trip to California, and ink.well did not disappoint. We went with 7 courses, i know a lot. The horseradish snow on the beet course is a lot so be careful when trying to put it all in your mouth, it's like eating too much wasabi at once! The Corn Frojito dish was our favorite, and I would eat twice as much of it next time. The short ribs were tender and beautifully cooked. The berry dessert was my favorite finish.
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